Southboro Open Land Foundation

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September 23, 2017, Wildlife Tracking with Paul Wanta, Beals Preserve, 9:30 AM

Published on August 14, 2017 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) is presenting naturalist, tracker and teacher of wilderness skills Paul Wanta in an exploration of the wildlife and plants that inhabit Beals Preserve, Southborough, MA. Paul Wanta has taught wilderness and tracking skills to young people for over 30 years. He will lead us through the trails of Beals Preserve looking for the tracks and signs of the wildlife present in the Preserve.

Meet at the Kiosk  by the Reservoir Channel on Beals Preserve at 9:30 AM. The walk will be about 2 hours in length.

Saturday, September 23, Beals Preserve, Main Street, Southborough, MA. Click here for a map of Beals Preserve.

This event is free and open to all ages.

Art on the Trails, Beals Preserve through September 24, 2017

Published on June 7, 2017 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation, in collaboration with Southborough Artist Catherine Weber, invites you to enjoy  Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods, on exhibit through September 24, 2017, at the  Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve, Southborough, Massachusetts.
An exhibition of sculptural installations,  juried by Southborough resident Mary M. Tinti, former Curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum, is on view until September 24th.  Artists exhibiting are Freedom Baird (Cambridge), Lisa Barthelson (Rutland), Gregory Barry (Ashburnham), Chelsea Bradway (Southborough), Crystal Blanchflower (Ashburnham), Bill Cohn (Lexington), Max Francis (Southborough), Miley Francis (Southborough), Hadley Horner (Southborough), Linda Hoffman (Harvard), Lydia J Musco (Royalston), Aneleise Ruggles (West Newton), and Catherine Weber (Southborough).
The theme, Finding Solace in the Woods, is in response to our constantly-connected culture and ever-challenging political climate, there are few places to find quiet moments of respite and meditation away from the stress of daily life.
In addition to the juried exhibition,  SOLF welcomes and encourages creative community members of all ages and talents to contribute installations of all kinds, as space allows. Deadline for public submissions is rolling, from June 8 through the summer.
Additionally, poets are encouraged to submit poetry written in response to the work. Deadline for submissions is July 7. Poetry will be juried by Tishman Review poetry editor, poet, and Westborough resident Maura Snell and Hopkinton poet Cynthia Franca. All accepted poetry will be included in a chapbook along with the art installations which inspired them. Submission guidelines and more information about Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods can be found at
Learn more about this exciting event at or by contacting Catherine Weber at or 508-523-3605.

September 24, 2017, 4:00 PM, Closing Reception, Moving Celebration of Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods

Published on March 30, 2017 by Hal

The public is invited to the closing reception, Moving Celebration of Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods
At Beals Preserve. Trail Walk and Poetry Reading.
Sunday, September 24, 4:00-6:00 PM
Meet at Main Entrance Kiosk of Beals Preserve
Learn more at

October 28, 2017, Massachusetts Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi (New Date)

Published on January 19, 2017 by Hal

The Southborough Open Land Foundation is presenting Tom Ricardi  of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehab Facility in Conway, MA with live birds of prey. Among the raptors featured will be a Golden Eagle. The presentation will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday October 28, 2017, at the Southborough Public Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, MA. The event is free and open to the public. More details to follow. Please note, this is a date change from October 21, 2017, that was previously posted.